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Maryland Wedding Laws

How to Officiate a Wedding in Maryland

Maryland wedding law takes a relatively hands-off approach in dictating how a wedding must be performed, particularly if a religious body is involved. This level of freedom makes it simple for a Universal Life Church Monastery ordained minister to solemnize a wedding in the state.

How to Become an Ordained Minister in Maryland

Maryland state law establishes that any county clerk, judge, or official of a religious body is authorized to oversee a marriage. This language of the law allows those who are ordained online by the Universal Life Church Monastery to solemnize Maryland weddings. Furthermore, it is not necessary that you register as a minister in the state. It is still recommended that you keep proof of your ordination with your ordination credentials.

How to Perform a Wedding Ceremony in Maryland

So long as the wedding ceremony is being solemnized by a religious official, the state of Maryland does not attempt to place any guidelines on how the ceremony must be performed. Additionally, there is no need for the presence of a witness beyond that of the officiant. For additional guidance on how to perform a wedding ceremony, a ULC Monastery ordained minister would be wise to turn to the A Wedding Ceremony to Remember, an informative resource on many different types of ceremonies that we are happy to provide.

Marriage Paperwork Required in Maryland

. A couple should apply for their marriage license at their county clerk. A fee is incurred upon application for a marriage license, though couples who receive at least 4 hours of premarital training from a qualified individual and present this information to the clerk will receive a substantial discount on the license fee. The officiant is required to validate the couple's marriage license and sign the marriage certificate. One copy of the certificate is to be delivered to the couple, the other is to be returned by the officiant to the clerk who issues the license within five days of the ceremony.

For more detailed information, review Maryland's code for yourself.

Maryland Marriage Laws

A marriage ceremony may be performed in this State by: (i) any official of a religious order or body authorized by the rules and customs of that order or body to perform a marriage ceremony;

Gay Marriage and Same Sex Wedding Laws: N/A

The Monastery Ordination Credential

To perform a marriage in Maryland you need to be ordained and may be required to provide proof of ordination such as your ordination credentials, wallet credential, and or an updated letter of good standing from the church.

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Maryland Wedding Laws by County

Allegany County

30 Washington Street
Cumberland, Maryland

Phone: (301) 777-5922
Fmx: (301) 777-2100
Allegany County website »

Anne Arundel County

7 Church Circle
P.O. Box 71
Annapolis, Maryland

Phone: (410) 222-1397
Anne Arundel County website »

Baltimore City

111 N. Calvert Street
Baltimore, Maryland
Phone: (410) 333-3722
Baltimore City website »

Baltimore County

401 Bosley Avenue
Towson, Maryland
Phone: (410) 887-2601
Baltimore County website »

Calvert County

175 Main Street
Prince Frederick, Maryland

Phone: (410) 535-1660
Calvert County website »

Caroline County

109 Market Street
Denton, Maryland
Phone: (410) 479-1811
Caroline County website »

Carroll County

55 N. Court Street
Westminster, Maryland
Phone: (410) 386-2026
Fax: (410) 876-0822
Carroll County website »

Cecil County

129 E. Main Street
Elkton, Maryland
Phone: (410) 996-1021
Fax: (410) 392-6032
Cecil County website »

Charles County

200 Charles Street
P.O. Box 970
La Plata, Maryland
Phone: (301) 932-3201
Alternate phone: (301) 870-2659
Charles County website »

Dorchester County

206 High Street
P.O. Box 150
Cambridge, Maryland

Phone: (410) 228-0481
Fax: (410) 228-1860
Dorchester County website »

Frederick County

100 West Patrick Street
Frederick, Maryland
Phone: (301) 600-1976
Frederick County website »

Garrett County

203 S. 4th Street
P.O. Box 447
Room 109
Oakland, Maryland
Phone: (301) 334-1937
Fax: (301) 334-5017
Garrett County website »

Harford County

20 West Courtland Street
Bel Air, Maryland
Phone: (410) 838-4952
Alternate phone: (410) 879-2000
Harford County website »

Howard County

9250 Bendix Road
Columbia, Maryland

Phone: (410) 313-5850
Alternate phone: (410) 313-2160
Howard County website »

Kent County

103 N. Cross Street
Chestertown, Maryland

Phone: (410) 778-7460
Kent County website »

Montgomery County

50 Maryland Avenue
Rockville, Maryland
Phone: (240) 777-9400
Montgomery County website »

Prince George's County

14735 Main Street
Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Phone: (301) 952-3318
Prince George's County website »

Queen Anne's County

100 Courthouse Square
Centreville, Maryland
Phone: (410) 758-1773
Queen Anne's County website »

Somerset County

30512 Prince William Street
P.O. Box 99
Princess Anne, Maryland

Phone: (410) 845-4840
Somerset County website »

St. Mary's County

41605 Courthouse Drive
P.O. Box 676
Leonardtown, Maryland
Phone: (301) 475-7844
St. Mary's County website »

Talbot County

11 North Washington Street
Suite 16
Easton, Maryland
Phone: (410) 822-2611
Fax: (410) 820-8168
Talbot County website »

Washington County

24 Summit Avenue
Hagerstown , Maryland
Phone: (301) 733-8660
Fmx: (301) 791-1151
Washington County website »

Wicomico County

101 North Division Street
Room 105
Salisbury, Maryland

Phone: (410) 543-6551
Alternate phone: ext. 159
Fmx: (410) 546-8590
Wicomico County website »

Worcester County

One W. Market Street
Room 104
Snow Hill, Maryland
Phone: (410) 632-5500
Worcester County website »